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2005 Matriarch Bordeaux Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer Notes

In his ongoing quest to produce world class wine in the tradition of 1st Growth Bordeaux, Bill Harlan - of Harlan Estate fame - started Bond to create single vineyard wines from sources meeting his high growing standards. Winemaker Robert Levy produces five vineyard designate wines: Melbury, St. Eden, Vecina, Pluribus and Quella, as well as a... More »

Score
94
WA 93
WS 90
IWC 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2013-2020 WA: 2008-2023 WS: 2010-2017
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

Good deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, minerals, mocha and sexy spices on the musky, slightly gamey nose. Big, lush and sweet but with sneaky acidity giving shape to the creamy flavors. I like this very rich wine's exhilarating high tones in the middle palate. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and noteworthy energy. A worthy follow-up to the excellent 2004.

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WA 93
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 180
Drink Dates 2008-2023

The lush, opulent, flamboyant 2005 Matriarch offers copious quantities of black cherry and black currant fruit, lead pencil, and earth. Already delicious, it hits just about every sweet spot on the palate.

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WS 90
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2010-2017

Notes of smoky currant and black and red licorice, with herb and cedar hints, give this a nice range of flavors, firming up on the finish.

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Author Koby
Site / Blog The Wine Forum Trust Rating 97.29%
Tasted On 01/05/2013
Drink Dates 2013-2020

WOTN for some, this was probably the most classic and balanced Cabernet of the night. The wine was the best bottle of Matriarch that I have had to date. Made from multiple sources across the Napa Valley, the Matriarch is a wine that varies a lot from vintage to vintage from my experience. Color: Deep red claret, with vibrant red edges. Nose & Palate: Currants, cassis, cherry, some graphite and a tad of sweet oak and spice. The palate of this wine was walking the perfect balance between fruit, acidity and tannin. The wine was complete front to back with a seamless integration of the oak. A long, tannin laden fruit filled finish was outstanding.

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Author MondovinoVA
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.701%
Tasted On 09/07/2011
Drink Dates 2013-2020

Still very young - tons of primal fruit on the nose and pallet. Very non-tratditional for this wine in other vintages. Good tannin structure 2-3 years more of cellaring to hit its prime.

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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.496%
Tasted On 02/01/2011

Very good wine. Nice fruit, but firm with a backbone of cedar or even a dusty butterscotch. I've found this same theme in other Harlan wines and I really like it. A little bit herbal - but in a good way. I really enjoyed this wine and wish I had more. Excellent for the price

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Author dburkes
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.917%
Tasted On 06/02/2009
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Author Hal
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.506%
Tasted On 04/26/2009
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